Board mum on search for new superintendent

MILL HALL — The search for a new superintendent to lead the Keystone Central School District continues.

Following Thursday night’s school board meeting, interim Superintendent Dr. Alan Lonoconus talked about the ongoing search.

“It’s not up to me, it’s up to the board,” Lonoconus said. “They had the original paper screening and then they invited candidates for the first round and they’ve been through that. They eliminated some candidates and they’re down to another round.”

Lonoconus said some of the current candidates have met with the support staff and the administration.

“They’ll be bringing the remaining candidates back in again and the board will interview them on Dec. 12,” Lonoconus told The Express. “At that point, they’ll make a decision as to what the next steps are going to be.”

As far as the hiring process goes, Lonoconus said a lot depends on the feedback the board receives from teachers and other administrators.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Boise (Bo) Miller was elected as the board’s new president. He declined to say what the timetable for making a hire looks like.

“There’s not much that we can discuss at this point. I guess the best word I can use will be soon. I’d like to say that we’d have something out by the end of this month, but I can’t say that for sure,” Miller said.

He declined to name candidates.

“I can’t get into that at this point,” he said. “That will be forthcoming.”

During the public comment portion of the meeting, outgoing President Charlie Rosamilia said that they would like to have superintendent candidates make a presentation to the public, but that is not always possible.

“That was our intention, but one of the candidates balked at that. That’s kind of where we’re at. It’s not that the board decided not to do the public presentation … if one of the candidates doesn’t want his name released then we can’t do a public presentation,” Rosamilia said.

Candidates had until Nov. 1 to submit applications, so the process has been ongoing for the past month. Initial information was that the search would consist of three rounds of interviews.

The district recently did a survey asking the public seeking information on the qualities they’d like to see in a new district leader.

The board has not shared the results of the survey.

The board also initially said it would hold a community presentation of candidates, but that has not materialized, perhaps at the bequest of candidates.

This is the second search for a new leader within a year. A search begun late last winter was suspended after the board could not agree on a candidate. Dr. Lonoconus had thrown his hat into the ring, but because he previously retired under the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System (PSERS) following a lengthy career as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Pennsylvania, he reportedly was not eligible to take the job full time.

His current contract goes through this school year, or until the board decides otherwise.